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frequently asked questions...

who are minnie & james?

minnie and james are my great grandparents. they lived in ilford, england, which is where my mom and my nana were born. james was a pattern maker and a tailor to many of the london opera singers. minnie made silk ties by hand and was a seamstress.
every time i sew and create i think of minnie and james. they are my inspiration and my drive...

minnie & james...

is a one woman sewing thing. i teach kiddies by day and sew by night and on the weekend.
all of my creations are sewn by me and only me. all of the fabric i use has been hand selected, washed (with hot water and scent free/ eco friendly detergent) and line dried.
currently, most of my dresses and tops are custom orders (as are my billfolds and other items that may appear in the shop). i make every garment with my trusty little sewing machine and my hands. occasionally, there will be a slight imperfection... but, that's what makes each handmade piece unique from anything else! please enjoy!

this spring and summer i am working on creating one-of-a-kind affordable tops, dresses, skirts, and bags... for you!
everything in this shop will be less than $100!

and, there is free domestic shipping on all orders! (and i've reduced the internatinal mail costs!)

thank you for stopping by!
if you have any questions (whatsoever) please contact me!

sizing goes as follows:

size 0 (bust size 31.5")
size 2 (bust size 32.5")
size 4 (bust size 34")
size 6 (bust size 36")
size 8 (bust size 38")

although, each one-of-a-kind item may be sized differently... i will always put the size in my listings.

fabrics i use

all of my fabrics are natural fibers (unless noted) and nearly always cotton. i am, currently sewing through my large stash and, once i've done so hope to refill it with more eco- friendly sustainable fabrics.
i like to use chambray cottons, lawn cottons, linen and cotton/ linen blends, 100% cotton, and vintage fabrics (sometimes i don't know what their fiber content is...)


i ship all of my garments via first class from my local post office! (to domestic and international destinations) i ship items out on saturdays, always, and, occasionally, on tuesdays or wednesdays, if i can.
please let me know if you'd like me to shippriority mail with delivery confirmation or express and i'll send you a postage invoice!

refunds & exchanges

all sales are final... there are no returns...
if you are unhappy with the fit of your garment, please contact me so we can, possibly, work something out as i want you to be pleased with your purchase!

all custom orders and all sale items are absolutely final! i make sure to list sizes and lengths and important information regarding the garment... please make sure you contact me with any questions before you purchase. thank you.

all sale items are absolutely final...
i make sure to list sizes and lengths and important information regarding the garment... please make sure you contact me with any questions before you purchase. thank you.

how can you get in touch with me?

you may also contact me through big cartel


i accept visa, mastercard, discover, and american express, and your regular account payments through paypal!
i also accept checks if you are making a local order!

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how secure is this shop?

this store uses paypal for payments, and paypal automatically encrypts your confidential information in transit from your computer to ours using the secure sockets layer protocol (ssl) with an encryption key length of 128-bits (the highest level commercially available).

do i need a paypal account to purchase from this store?

no, you are not required to have a paypal account to purchase from this store. although if you already have a paypal account you may use it.